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How Where an Approach Starts Seems to Influence it Forever

September 27, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Note: this blog is part of the Series of Blogs on Scaled Agile, Lean-Agile and SAFe

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.  George Santayana

The more things change the more things stay the same. Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr


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Different Sized Organizations Have Different Dynamics

September 27, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Note: this blog is part of the Series of Blogs on Scaled Agile, Lean and SAFe 

Over the past 16 years I have worked with scores of companies and talked to literally hundreds more.  Different size organizations have differing dynamics.  This might appear obvious (it actually does to any systems thinkers) but it continues to surprise me the number of folks denying or just ignoring this reality. 


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Series of Blogs on Scaled Agile, Lean and SAFe

September 27, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I have been in the Agile community for over 15 years now. This long perspective has provided me insights which I rarely see talked about.  This blog series will capture many of these.  Here’s a synopsis of each blog to come:


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The Danger of Point Solutions

September 21, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

The software development world has created several approaches to improving the work at the team level. These include eXtreme Programming, Scrum, Kanban, Kanban Method. While all of these solutions are based on some degree of reality, much of their organization and practices are based on the belief systems of their creators.


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Enough With Defending Approaches

September 20, 2014 — Posted by Al Shalloway

My banter on twitter about being unhappy with Scrum and the Kanban Method leaving things out is reasonably well known.  I very often exclaim that Scrum should be done within the context of lean (a 10+ year old rant) and that the Kanban Method must attend to teams (which it’s been deemed to be orthogonal too).  When I make my claims I usually hear that “these approaches are designed this way”.


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